Watermelon seeds --Ancient-- non-GMO Heirloom Seeds (Bright Red Flesh) fruits

Citrullus lanatus

$ 2.65 

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Watermelon seeds -Red Flesh -- non-GMO Heirloom Seeds
This melon has a green rind and succulent red flesh that is of excellent flavor, and sweetness. This variety is beautiful and a favorite on our farm, easy to grow and produces fruit up to 20 lbs.
From the desert Southwest, where seeds were found inside an old clay pot. Not just a novelty, this watermelon has great texture and excellent flavor & sweetness. Performs very well on our farm, fruits average 20-25 pounds. Unique red colored seeds. 85 days
Germination: In cool climates, watermelon seeds should be started indoors, but no sooner than a month before transplanting; plant three seeds per peat pot, 1/4" deep. Provide heat to keep the soil at least 80-85 degrees F. Cut off all but the strongest seedling as soon as true leaves appear, and transplant about a week after frost; put two or three plants in each hill with a 6-8' space in all directions. Gardeners in warm climates will be able to direct sow watermelons as soon as the soil temperature reaches at least 75 degrees F, planting six seeds per hill with 6-8' of space in all directions. Thin to the strongest two or three plants as soon as the seedlings appear. Watermelons should be planted in full sun and rich, loose soil. Young seedlings may benefit from black plastic to warm up the soil.

Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost or sow seeds directly after frost. Set out 3-4 transplants per hill, selecting the strongest two when vines are 1'-2' long. Watermelons are large vining

 plants that can take over an extensive garden space. They can be trellised, but use slings to support the developing fruit.

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest melons when the tendril closest to the stem turns dry and brown and the stem becomes brittle. Eat fresh, freeze flesh in a honey-based syrup, or pickle the rind. 

Did You Know? Watermelon is low in calories and is very nutritious. It is high in lycopene, second only to tomatoes!

Soil Temperature: 75-95F
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Germination: 3-9 Days
Height At Maturity: 18"-24"
Days To Maturity: 80-97 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 4'-6'

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